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1:45 PM ET, November 18, 2010

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Ghailani verdict and American justice  —  A federal jury in New York yesterday returned a guilty verdict against accused Terrorist Ahmed Ghailani on one count of conspiracy to blow up a government building, a crime which entails a sentence of 20 years to life, but acquitted …
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Senior Administration Official Defends Ghailani Trial, Verdict  —  Though some critics and observers are suggesting the Ghailani verdict — he was acquited of all but one of more than 280 charges — weakens the president's call for civilian criminal trials for Guantanamo detainees, a senior administration official pushes back:
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Detainee Acquitted on Most Counts in '98 Bombings  —  The first former Guantánamo detainee to be tried in a civilian court was acquitted on Wednesday of all but one of more than 280 charges of conspiracy and murder in the 1998 terrorist bombings of the United States Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Terror Verdict Tests Obama's Strategy on Trials  —  The mixed verdict in the case of the first Guantánamo detainee to be tried in a civilian court on Wednesday quickly re-ignited a fierce debate over the Obama administration's effort to restore the role of the traditional criminal justice system …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
State Dept. defends terror trial verdict
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Unity at last  —  NBC/WSJ poll shows the country …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Ahmed Ghailani, Gitmo detainee, acquitted of all but 1 charge in N.Y.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Chief Blasts NPR ‘Nazis’  —  Roger Ailes slams Jon Stewart as a conservative-basher, explains why he rode to Juan Williams' rescue—and sees NPR as taxpayer-funded propaganda.  Part II of Howard Kurtz's interview.  —  When Jon Stewart was appearing on the O'Reilly Factor a few weeks back …
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Will NPR's Mara Liasson defend her colleagues from Roger Ailes' “Nazi” attack?
Discussion: Daily Kos
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Sen. Rockefeller: FCC Should Take FOX News, MSNBC Off Airwaves  —  SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): “There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out.  Off.  End.  Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; to our ability to do our work …
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The Huffington Post:
Senator Rockefeller Wants FCC To ‘End’ Fox News, MSNBC
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Sen. Rockefeller: One-Man Cable News Death Panel
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jeffrey Leib / Denver Post:
Controversy over pat-downs, body scans lands at DIA  —  Despite ongoing criticism from some Washington lawmakers and many travelers, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole refused Wednesday to back off the agency's position that tougher airport screening techniques are needed to counter evolving threats.
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Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
The Junk Grabbing Photo You'll Be Seeing All Day Today
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
CARVILLE: OBAMA NEEDS A PAIR  —  Speaking to reporters Thursday, Democratic strategist James Carville dropped this one-liner: “If Hillary gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he'd have two.”  —  The quote was first noted by Tribune reporter Mike Memoli on his Twitter account.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Top Dem strategists claim White House was ‘out of touch’ during 2010 campaign
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Incoming GOP senators demand say on New START  —  Ten of the new incoming Republican senators Thursday are planning to demand they get a say on the New START treaty, adding ten new voices to the growing cacophony pushing for a delay in consideration of the treaty until next year.
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Matt Miller / Washington Post:
Ohhh, America, you're so strong  —  Oooh, you're so strong, baby, so handsome.  You're the greatest.  —  I'm talking about you, America.  You're . . . why, you're exceptional!  —  Does anyone else think there's something a little insecure about a country that requires its politicians to constantly declare how exceptional it is?
OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY …:
CUOMO FILES TWO LAWSUITS AGAINST STEVEN RATTNER, FORMER FOUNDING PRINCIPAL OF QUADRANGLE, SEEKING AT LEAST $26 MILLION AND IMMEDIATE LIFETIME BAN FROM NEW YORK SECURITIES INDUSTRY  —  Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today filed two lawsuits against Steven L. Rattner, former founding principal …
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Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Settling With S.E.C., Rattner Is Sued by Cuomo
Discussion: Fortune, New York Magazine and The Page
Rep.-elect Sean Duffy / The Politico:
Listen to people on banning earmarks  —  The incoming House Republican majority has pledged to cut spending and change the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars.  —  As a new freshman class descends on Washington for orientation this week, joining with current leaders, now is the time to begin this effort.
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The Note:   House GOP Adopts Earmark Ban for the 112th Congress
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BELIEVING WHAT THEY'RE TOLD TO BELIEVE.... A new report this week from the Pew Research Center shows what we probably could have guessed: conservatives in America reject evidence of global warming.  But Pew study also raises an important related point: it didn't use to be this way.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Dear Airline, I'm Leaving You  —  But don't feel too bad.  It's not you, it's me.  Or rather, it's the TSA.  —  I'm not going to lie.  It's come between us.  If I have to let someone else see me naked in order to be with you—well, I'm just not that kinky.  And deep down, I don't think you are either.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
DADT Study Co-Chairman Doesn't Think Pentagon Will Be Able To Release Study Before Dec. 1  —  Army Gen. Carter F. Ham — the co-chairman of the Pentagon's Working Group on Don't Ask, Don't Tell — told Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) during his confirmation hearings …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Get Cocky, GOP  —  Obama is weak, but it is always difficult to defeat a sitting president.  —  It has been a brutal month for President Obama.  The historic electoral rebuke delivered to his party was followed at the G-20 meeting by a public rebuff of the Federal Reserve's QE2 program …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama calls Levin to urge lame-duck 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal  —  President Barack Obama took steps on Wednesday to force a Senate vote on legislation that would begin to dismantle the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy banning openly gay service members during …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Vote on Whether This Couple Gets an Abortion  —  The Arnolds are having a baby.  Unless the public votes to have the child aborted.  Meet the couple behind Birthornot.com, where “you can vote and choose whether we abort or keep our unborn child.”  —  Pete and Alisha Arnold, both 30 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Top governors turn against Michael Steele  —  SAN DIEGO - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's prospects for a second term dimmed Wednesday as Republicans went public with their concerns about the committee's fundraising and two prominent governors indicated a preference for new leadership atop the party.
Discussion: The Fix, The Note and GOP 12
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sen. Hatch: I'm not Bob Bennett  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who could face a primary challenge from the right in 2012, said Wednesday that he's confident he will not meet the same fate as fellow Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah), who lost a bid for his party's nomination in 2010 in the face of Tea Party opposition.
 
 
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